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Our Final Invention James Barrat

Our Final Invention By James Barrat

Our Final Invention by James Barrat

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An urgent study of the history, science and existential dangers of Artificial Intelligence, named by Elon Musk as one of the five books everyone should read about the future.

Our Final Invention Summary

Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era by James Barrat

'I wish it was science fiction, but I know it's not.' Jaan Tallinn, co-founder of Skype

'If you read just one book that makes you confront scary high-tech realities that we'll soon have no choice but to address, make it this one.' Washington Post

Corporations and government agencies around the world have for years been pouring billions into achieving AI's Holy Grail - human-level intelligence. But once AI has attained it, scientists argue, it will have survival drives much like our own. We may be forced to compete with a rival more cunning, more powerful, and more alien than we can imagine.

First published ten years ago, Our Final Invention predicted much of the artificial 'intelligence explosion' that is now ripping through our culture, and was named by Elon Musk as one of five books everyone should read about the future. Now with an urgent new preface, James Barrat's landmark work explores the ethics, history and future perils of the heedless pursuit of advanced AI. Until now, human intelligence has had no rival. Can we coexist with beings whose intelligence dwarfs our own? And will they allow us to?

Our Final Invention Reviews

Our Final Invention is a thrilling detective story, and also the best book yet written on the most important problem of the twenty-first century -- Luke Muehlhauser, Executive Director, Machine Intelligence Research Institute
The compelling story of humanity's most critical challenge. A Silent Spring for the twenty-first century. -- Michael Vassar, former President, Singularity Institute
An important and disturbing book -- Huw Price, co-founder, Cambridge University Centre for the Study of Existential Risk
Enthusiasts dominate observers of progress in artificial intelligence; the minority who disagree are alarmed, articulate and perhaps growing in numbers, and Barrat delivers a thoughtful account of their worries -- Kirkus Reviews
This book makes an important case that without extraordinary care in our planning, powerful thinking machines present at least as many risks as benefits . . . Our Final Invention makes an excellent read for technophiles as well as readers wishing to get a glimpse of the near future as coloured by rapidly improving technological competence -- New York Journal of Books
A dark new book by James Barrat, Our Final Invention lays out a strong case for why we should be at least a little worried --
You can skip coffee this week - Our Final Invention will keep you wide-awake -- Singularity Hub
Science fiction has long explored the implications of humanlike machines (think of Asimov's I, Robot), but Barrat's thoughtful treatment adds a dose of reality -- Science News
Barrat has talked to all the significant American players in the effort to create recursively self-improving artificial general intelligence in machines. He makes a strong case that AGI with human-level intelligence will be developed in the next couple of decades . . . His thoughtful case about the dangers of ASI gives even the most cheerful technological optimist much to think about. -- Reason
Barrat's book is excellently written and deeply researched. It does a great job of communicating to general readers the danger of mistakes in AI design and implementation. -- Bill Hibbard, author of 'Super-Intelligent Machines'

About James Barrat

James Barrat is a documentary filmmaker who's written and produced films for National Geographic, Discovery, PBS, and many other broadcasters in the United States and Europe. He lives near Washington, DC with his wife and two children.

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Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era by James Barrat
Used - Very Good
Quercus Publishing
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